Desktop/Notebook Memory

Reliable memory for your desktop and notebook

Kingston® offers extremely reliable, high-performance desktop memory and sells more notebook upgrade memory than anyone in the world.

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Kingston Memory for Branded Systems

Designed with your specific system in mind, Kingston system-specific memory makes it easy to select exactly what you need, based on your OEM system brand and model.

Quality

Kingston engineers use only the highest quality components on the market to ensure maximum performance and legendary Kingston reliability.

Guaranteed compatible

All Kingston system-specific memory is guaranteed to be compatible with the system for which it was designed – which takes the hassle out of selecting memory for your notebook or desktop.

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Why Choose Kingston?

With over a quarter of a century of desktop/notebook memory expertise, Kingston has the knowledge and resources to support your needs.

Testing

Kingston is one of the few manufacturers that qualifies all components and tests modules at all stages of production. More

Lifetime Warranty

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All Kingston memory is backed by a lifetime warranty.
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Kingston experts are standing by to share their knowledge and help you in the unlikely event that you have any problems with Kingston memory.

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Improve performance

If your system is lagging or a program doesn’t respond or won’t load, you may have a memory shortage. You may see subtle signs, like poor performance in everyday tasks, or you may be receiving “out of memory” messages.

Add reliable Kingston memory and watch your productivity soar. Pages may load faster and launching new applications may be easier and faster, leaving you more time for that important project.

Build your own PC

Thinking of building your own rig? It’s a great way to get exactly what you want in a system.

Before you start, consider your motherboard’s technology. Is it DDR3 or DDR4? How many slots are available for memory? Does it have to be installed in pairs, triplets or quads? At what speed do you want your memory to perform?

By answering these questions, you’ll have a better idea of what you need and what Kingston memory will work best in your system.

Replace your memory

In case your memory fails, rest assured that Kingston can deliver what you need to get back up and running.

If you’re using a brand-name system or you know the name of your whitebox system’s motherboard, use our configurator to find the right module.

If you know the specs of the memory in your whitebox system, our product selection tool is for you. Finding the memory you need is easy with Kingston.

Resources

It’s easy to install memory modules in your desktop system when you follow these simple steps.

Operating system memory guide

Make informed decisions about memory based on your specific needs with this handy guide.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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It may be due to chip density, especially if you have an older DDR3 based system. Your system may require 2Gbit (Gigabit) density DRAM chips and the memory you have installed uses 4Gbit density chips, which are not compatible. Not to be confused with the term Gigabyte, which refers to memory capacity, DRAM chip manufacturers are no longer producing 2Gbit chips. Therefore we're unable to manufacture compatible modules.

FAQ: KTM-073115-DTN-01

In Windows, click on the start button and open "Control Panel".Use classic view for Vista and 7. Then open "System". This will display basic information about the computer including the amount of RAM installed.

In MacOS, select "About This Mac" or "About This Computer" from the Apple menu in the upper left corner of your Desktop. This will provide information about your Mac's total memory (built-in memory plus DIMMs or SIMMs installed).

In Linux, open a terminal window and enter the following command: cat /proc/meminfo

This will show the total amount of RAM as well as other memory information.

FAQ: KTM-012711-GEN-06

First, make sure you have the correct memory for your notebook. Refer to Kingston's online Memory Search at www.kingston.com for assistance. After confirming that you have the correct memory for your system, do the following:

  1. Prior to memory installation, first shut down the notebook, then remove the battery pack and unplug the power cord. Reseat the memory firmly into the socket and then push down on the memory to lock it in place. Replace the battery pack and power cord and boot the system. If the installation is still unsuccessful, try inserting the memory into a different slot, if available.
  2. If you have properly installed the recommended memory and the PC still does not boot or recognise the memory, you may need to download the latest BIOS from your computer manufacturer's Website.

Note: Kingston is in no way responsible for any problems resulting from flashing the BIOS. Flashing the BIOS is merely a troubleshooting suggestion. Customers who flash the BIOS do so at their own risk. All instructions on how to upgrade the BIOS will be provided by the computer manufacturer or the 3rd party BIOS manufacturer and not by Kingston.

FAQ: KTM-012711-GEN-12
First, make sure you have the correct memory for your computer. Please refer to Kingston's onlineMemory Search at www.kingston.com for assistance. After you confirm that you have the correct memory for your system, do the following:
  1. Shut down and unplug your computer.
  2. Reinsert the memory module(s) with the largest capacity in the first socket followed by the smaller capacities in descending order. To ensure the memory modules are installed properly, line up the memory notches with the key in the memory socket, then push the memory firmly into the socket until the tabs lock the memory into place.
  3. Make sure all the cables in your computer are connected properly. You may have failed to connect a needed power connector to the motherboard or accidentally disconnected a cable to your hard drive.
  4. If you have properly installed the recommended memory and the PC still does not boot or recognisethe memory, you may need to download the latest BIOS from your computer manufacturer's Website.
Note: Kingston is in no way responsible for any problems resulting from flashing the BIOS. Flashing the BIOS is merely a troubleshooting suggestion. Customers who flash the BIOS do so at their own risk. All instructions on how to upgrade the BIOS will be provided by the computer manufacturer or the 3rd party BIOS manufacturer and not by Kingston.

FAQ: KTM-012711-GEN-13

Additional memory will not necessarily increase the performance of your computer. It will allow you to run more programs or processes at once or more memory intensive programs. There may be a performance increase if the original amount of memory installed was close to insufficient for the programs and processes you use the computer for.

FAQ: KTM-012711-GEN-07

For desktop computers, shut down and unplug your computer and open the case. Please note: The higher capacity memory should be installed in slot 1 followed by the next lower capacity memory in slot 2 and so on. Please refer to your motherboard manual for proper slot identification.

Remove the memory module as shown in Fig 1. Push the tabs (1) outward and the module will gently pop out of its slot (2). Remove it completely from the slot.

To install the new memory module, see Fig 2. Push the tabs (1) that are at the ends of the memory socket outward and align the memory notches with the key of the memory socket (2), then push the memory down FIRMLY into the socket so the latches lock the memory in place (3). If the memory has been properly installed and you have the correct memory but it is still not being detected, you should make sure you have the most up-to-date BIOS from your computer manufacturer's website.

For notebook computers, please note that you need to shut down the unit and remove the battery pack and power cord before you remove/install memory. Push the memory into the socket FIRMLY so that it makes good contact (it is important to push the memory in FIRMLY) before pushing it down to lock it in place (see figures below) . Once the memory has been installed, put the battery back in your unit and supply power using the power cord and not solely from the battery. If the memory has been properly installed and you have the correct memory but it is still not being detected, you should make sure you have the most up-to-date BIOS from your computer manufacturer's website.

BIOS - Basic Input/Output System is installed on the computer's motherboard. It controls the most basic operations and is responsible for starting your computer up and initialising the hardware. It is data that is usually held on a ROM chip and can be updated by "flashing" the BIOS. BIOS upgrades may correct errors, support new CPUs, and support new hardware including memory. BIOS updates are usually obtained from the computer's manufacturer's website.

*NOTE: Kingston is in no way responsible for any problems resulting from flashing the BIOS. Flashing of the BIOS is merely a troubleshooting suggestion. Customers who flash the BIOS do so at their own risk. All instructions on how to upgrade the BIOS will be provided by the computer manufacturer or the 3rd party BIOS manufacturer and not by Kingston.

FAQ: KTM-012711-GEN-18

Parts sold in kits (denoted by "K2" or "K3"in the part number, e.g. – KVR400X64C3AK2/2G) are specifically packaged for use in Dual or Triple Channel motherboards. Although Dual and Triple Channel technology resides on the motherboard itself (inside the chipset), the memory modules need to be installed in pairs or sets of three for Dual or Triple Channel mode to function properly. Identical modules packaged in a kit work best because the motherboard will be accessing all the memory modules as a single memory location with a wider bandwidth. Kingston suggests the use of modules sold in kits for Dual or Triple Channel enabled motherboards.

FAQ: KTM-020911-GEN-19

Yes. In most cases if the computer supports a slower speed, it will clock down to a slower speed as long as it is the correct memory type (DDR, DDR2, etc). However, be aware that the clocking down function depends on the computer and it isn't guaranteed to work in every case.

FAQ: KTM-021011-GEN-16

In many cases, the BIOS or a diagnostic program will report the memory bus frequency, which is half of the frequency for DDR type memory. As its name implies, DDR (Double Data Rate) data rate provides twice the memory bus frequency. So if the memory bus speed is 800MHz and you are using DDR3-1600 memory, the RAM is running at the correct speed.

FAQ: KTM-071015-GEN-20

ElectroStatic Discharge, ESD is simply the discharge of built-up static electricity. ESD should not be taken lightly as this is one of the few things that an individual can do to damage or destroy their computer or hardware components. It is like when you rub your feet on the carpet and you touch something metal. ESD can occur without the user feeling a shock and will occur when only working on the inside of the computer or handling hardware.

How to help prevent ESD
The best method of preventing ESD is to use an ESD wrist strap or an earthing mat or table. However, because most users do not have access to these items, we have included the below steps to help reduce the chance of ESD as much as possible.

  • Standing – We recommend that you are standing at all times when working on the computer. Sitting on a chair can generate more electrostatic.
  • Cables – Make sure that everything is removed from the back of the computer (power cable, mouse, keyboard, etc).
  • Clothes – Do not wear any clothing that conducts a lot of Electrical Charge, such as a wool jumper.
  • Accessories – To help reduce ESD and prevent other problems, it is also a good idea to remove all jewellery.
  • Weather – Electrical storms can increase the ESD risk; unless absolutely necessary, try not to work on a computer during an electrical storm. In very dry areas, the air itself becomes a part of the electrostatic build-up mechanism every time there is an air flow (wind, air conditioning, blower) passing over an insulated surface. Do not let high humidity levels build false confidence, and beware of corrosion problems with interconnects and other electrical interfaces.

To learn more about ESD and how to protect your electronics, please refer to the below site.

ESD Association
http://www.esda.org/aboutESD.html

FAQ: KTC-Gen-ESD
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